Thursday, January 25, 2007

Doctor Who

Thanks to YouTube I've become a Doctor Who fan. I have seen many of the old episodes and a few of the newer episodes. The 21st century Doctors are Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. They have taken on the mantle of William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker (a popular Doctor Who), Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann (he did a Doctor Who TV movie that aired in 1996 on FOX).

The show without a doubt is an acquired taste. It's probably a pit farfetched for many people. It's amazing that I've gotten into it but then I really didn't watch the series in its old form when it would air on WTTW Chicago. But I just have to say that I have a hard time imagining any of the original Doctor Whos in the same situation that the the 21st Century Doctors are in.

It's almost like the current Doctor Who series were re-imagined for a new era. The pace seems faster and the action is ever present. It just doesn't seem slow as it once was. I can't imagine a Tom Baker running around or Peter Davison crash landing his TARDIS or Colin Baker saying six magic words to bring down a regime. And I must add thank goodness for CGI special effects. The effects of the old series may have been cutting edge in respectively the 1960s, 70s, & 80s. Today these effects are lame perhaps I've just seen better. The effects we see in the 1960s Star Trek have been reimagined recently perhaps for about the same reason.

Either way I'm liking the new Doctor Who. The re-imagined theme and listen to the end theme too. Almost James Bond like. And for new eps of The Doctor's adventures instead of waiting for PBS to air them you can watch them on Sci-Fi Channel or even BBC America. And then there's always YouTube.

For the old episodes there is YouTube but there is also going to your local video store and purchasing a copy of Doctor Who eps.

Perhaps every now and again I'll post Doctor Who videos I run across. I did post one over at My Mind's Eye.

Here is the first scene from the very first Doctor Who since 1996 and the last scene from School Reunion from 2006...

1 comment:

  1. The older series was very cool as well. Have you seen any of those episodes? I bought some old episodes, from the '70s, at a bookstore a few years ago. It's pretty way out sci-fi, which maybe I'll write about in the future.